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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 26

“Drink, Temperance, and Thrift” is the title of Chapter 26. In it, Jack London spoke of the problems alcohol caused among the poor; how drink made human beings less healthy, less thoughtful, less capable; how drink provided the drinker with … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 25

Chapter 25 is titled “The Hunger Wail.” I have never truly been hungry in my life. I’ve been a day, maybe two without food. I have rarely spent any period in my life when I had insufficient food for any … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 24

Again, Jack London speaks ill of the people f the abyss. In Chapter 24, after having taken a long walk through the East End late at night without wearing his pauper’s rags, he basically called them out as monsters. He … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 23

The children of the abyss is the subject of Chapter 23. Imagine growing up in a one room dwelling with your parents and siblings—no privacy, no room to accumulate possessions, to pursue interests, or even find rest unless the others … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 22

Chapter 22 is about the prevalence of suicide among the poor of the East End. When the act was unsuccessful, the person involved was brought before the police court for punishment. Jack London cited specific cases he witnessed in the … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 21

In Chapter 21, Jack London falls prey to beliefs of the time that were on their way out. One in particular was that somehow bad smells carried disease. Miasma (bad smells) was still feared as the bearer of disease when … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 20

While the Gilded Age occurred in America in the late 19th century, and the Belle Époque in France, England experienced a similar technological boom. The American expression comes from The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today by Mark Twain and … Continue reading

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